Conflict within US political establishment over Iran nuclear accord intensifies

By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2015

The conflict within the American state presents the spectacle of a large majority in Congress pushing for imminent war against Iran.

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III

Ukrainian government blacklists Russian actors and musicians

By Niles Williamson, 10 August 2015

The censorship list is a cultural component of the offensive being waged by the US and its NATO allies to remove Ukraine from Russia’s sphere of influence.

Puerto Rico on rations

By Rafael Azul, 10 August 2015

Puerto Rico’s creditors continue to insist that the country, currently suffering from extreme draught, must implement "painful" measures in response to $73 billion in debt.

Puerto Rico governor declares debts “not payable”

Australian Federal Police aid Sri Lankan unit implicated in torture

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2015

The AFP has provided equipment and training to Sri Lanka’s CID, long accused of kidnappings and human rights abuses.

US psychologists’ convention bans participation in torture

By Tom Carter, 10 August 2015

The American Psychological Association overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Friday banning participation in national security interrogations.

American Psychological Association played critical role in CIA torture program

Federal agents sent to Baltimore to bolster local police

By Tom Hall, 10 August 2015

Local officials expressed their hope that this close collaboration between federal and local police will become a “permanent fixture” in the city.

Police brutality and social inequality in Baltimore: An indictment of the Democratic Party

Windows 10: An operating system that gathers data on everything you do

By Mark Blackwood, 10 August 2015

Over 14 million people upgraded to the new Windows OS in the first 24 hours, with many unaware of the privacy implications of the license agreement.

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UK: Kirkby residents lose class action case against Sonae Indústria

By Margot Miller, 10 August 2015

The largest class action of its kind in UK legal history followed a huge fire at the factory in June 2011, with residents complaining of skin irritation and breathing difficulties.

Volkswagen and IG Metall union plan massive job cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 10 August 2015

The world’s second largest automaker is preparing to destroy the jobs and living standards of thousands of workers in Germany and internationally.

Hutchison Australia waterfront workers continue strike action

By Richard Phillips, 10 August 2015

No faith can be placed in the union, which has collaborated with waterfront companies for decades in restructuring that has destroyed thousands of jobs.

Sacked Hutchison workers speak out

By our reporters, 10 August 2015

Australian government budgets target working class suburbs

By Cheryl McDermid, 10 August 2015

NATSEM research shows that the poorest suburbs are the worst affected by the budgets.

New in Greek

Τί είναι η ψευτο-αριστερά;

Η Συντακτική Επιτροπή του WSWS, 8 Αύγουστος 2015

Τα γεγονότα των τελευταίων μηνών στην Ελλάδα αποτελούν μια τεράστια στρατηγική εμπειρία της ελληνικής εργατικής τάξης και νεολαίας με σημαντική επίδραση πάνω στην πολιτική συνείδηση σε όλο τον κόσμο.

New in Turkish

Plüton ve Dünya

Patrick Martin, 8 Ağustos 2015

New Horizons (Yeni Ufuklar) uzay aracı ile Plüton’a yapılan uçuş, bu türdeki en mükemmel bilimsel ve teknolojik başarıdır.

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (Sri Lanka) 2015 genel seçim manifestosu
Savaşa ve kemer sıkmaya karşı! Bir işçi-köylü hükümeti ve sosyalist program uğruna mücadele edin!

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Sri Lanka), 8 Ağustos 2015

Sri Lanka şubesi Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (SEP), işçileri, gençliği, tarım emekçilerini ve aydınları, Sri Lanka’daki 17 Ağustos genel seçim kampanyamızı desteklemeye çağırır.

New in French

Un an depuis la mort de Michael Brown

Par Andre Damon, 10 août 2015

Les évènements de l’an dernier à Ferguson, Missouri, ont révélé le règne de violence policière et la répression militarisée par lesquels la classe dirigeante répond à l’opposition sociale aux Etats-Unis

Canada: La Ripose fait la promotion des syndicats et du NPD

Par Roger Jordan et Keith Jones, 10 août 2015

En entretenant les illusions dans la bureaucratie syndicale et le NPD au Canada, et en camouflant le trahison des travailleurs de la Grèce par Syriza, La Riposte sert de rempart contre le développement d'un parti socialiste dans la classe ouvrière.

Manifeste du Parti de l'égalité socialiste (Sri Lanka) aux élections nationales de 2015

Par le Parti l'égalité socialiste, 10 août 2015

La campagne du PES cherche à mobiliser les travailleurs et les jeunes contre la guerre et les attaques contre les droits démocratiques sur la base de l'internationalisme socialiste.

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Perspective

Police murder and class rule in America

10 August 2015

The epidemic of police killings in the US is an expression of a diseased society in which unending violence abroad is combined with vast inequality and financial parasitism at home.

Earlier Perspectives »

Mehring Books

New from Mehring Verlag
Scholarship or War Propaganda? The Return of German Militarism and the Dispute at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By Peter Schwarz, 10 August 2015

The World Socialist Web Site announces the upcoming publication of the German edition of Scholarship or War Propaganda? The Return of German Militarism and the Dispute at Berlin’s Humboldt University. The book is available for preorder today at Mehring Verlag.

Foreword to Scholarship or War Propaganda? The Return of German Militarism and the Dispute at Berlin's Humboldt University

By Peter Schwarz, 10 August 2015

The subject of this book goes well beyond the conflict at Berlin's Humboldt University. It is concerned with the relationship between scholarship and politics in a period of militarism, mounting international conflicts and growing social tensions.

An important contribution to Marxist theory
The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique

21 July 2015

The World Socialist Web Site is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique by David North. The book is available for preorder today at Mehring Books.

Foreword to The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique

By David North

A pdf file of the complete foreword is available here.

Autoworkers Struggles

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2015

Auto workers face a gang-up of the bosses, the government and the unions, which are determined to make further cuts in the pursuit of ever higher profits for wealthy shareholders.

Who’s who on the UAW negotiating team?

The battle ahead for US autoworkers

Socialist Equality Party launches digital WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

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Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) Election Campaign

SEP campaign receives support in northern Sri Lanka

By our correspondent, 10 August 2015

The Socialist Equality Party held its second northern Sri Lankan election meeting at Karainagar, where SEP campaigners held lively discussions with local residents.

Sri Lanka: Pseudo-left NSSP prepares to support US-backed “colour revolution”

By K. Ratnayake, 8 August 2015

Former Sri Lankan president mounts chauvinist election campaign

Tamil National Alliance presents pro-imperialist manifesto in Sri Lankan elections

Manifesto of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) for the 2015 general election
Against war and austerity! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and a socialist program!

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Commentary

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart steps down

By David Walsh, 10 August 2015

The final program was of a piece with the other more than 2,500 on which Stewart appeared: a few jabs at the political establishment combined with a great heap of self-congratulation and self-satisfaction.

On the death of German multi-billionairess Johanna Quandt

By Verena Nees, 10 August 2015

The billions which the BMW heiress left to her children came largely from looted Jewish assets and the exploitation of forced labor and concentration camp prisoners under the Nazis.

Republican presidential debate: The freak show at Quicken Loans Arena

By Patrick Martin, 8 August 2015

More on the 2016 US elections »

US, Russia reach deal for chemical weapons inspections in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 8 August 2015

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Background to the government attack on Netzpolitik.org
German court in 1992 upheld 1931 treason conviction of Carl von Ossietzky

By Andreas Kunstmann, 8 August 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu government widens use of anti-democratic detention orders

By Jean Shaoul, 8 August 2015

Hundreds dead as refugee boat sinks in Mediterranean

International scholars call on Japanese PM to issue apology

25 years ago: Magellan probe reaches orbit of Venus

On August 10, 1990, the NASA spacecraft Magellan fired its solid-rocket motor to complete its 15-month journey from Earth and position it for an orbit of Venus.

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50 years ago: Watts riot in Los Angeles

On August 11, 1965, one of the largest urban uprisings in US history erupted in the Watts ghetto of southeast Los Angeles, beginning a week of fighting with police and National Guard troops that left 36 people dead, 1,000 injured, 4,000 arrested and $200 million in buildings and other property destroyed.

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75 years ago: The Battle of Britain begins

On August 13, 1940, the German Luftwaffe launched a massive air attack with the aim of destroying the Royal Air Force (RAF) and wiping out Britain as a base of operations against Nazi Germany’s domination of the European continent.

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100 years ago: Leading young physicist killed in First World War

On August 10, 1915, British scientist Henry G.J. Moseley was killed in the fighting on the Gallipoli peninsula against the Ottoman Empire in World War I.

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New in Greek

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “What is the pseudo-left?”

Posted here is a translation into Greek of the WSWS perspective published 30 July.

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “Syriza disregarded the wishes of the Greek population: Workers speak out against austerity in Greece”

WSWS publishes Greek translation of “The pseudo-left covers up Syriza’s betrayal”

Workers Struggles

US telecom unions order Verizon workers to stay on job as contract expires

By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 5 August 2015

Arts Review

Mr. Holmes: Old age, the perils of science, a minor mystery solved …

By David Walsh, 6 August 2015

Trainwreck: The latest from Judd Apatow

Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944) and the phenomenon of American film noir

Book Review

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman: More of a moneymaking than a literary event?

By Sandy English, 3 August 2015

Harper Lee’s early draft of a novel, Go Set a Watchman, has sold over a million copies in the United States since its release two weeks ago.

Socialist Equality Party

IYSSE, SEP (Australia) lectures: 100 years since the Zimmerwald conference

6 August 2015

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Student initiatives in Germany oppose media witch-hunt against IYSSE and “Münkler-Watch”

By Christoph Dreier, 21 July 2015

Sebastian Kempkens in Uni Spiegel: Gutter journalism in the service of German imperialism

More on the fight for historical truth in Germany »